The late John Lennon and his dream of world peace were jointly celebrated Tuesday, October 9 in Reykjavik, Iceland as Yoko Ono attended the lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower.
"This column of light in Iceland will not be extinguished. It is the eternal flame we send out to the world and the universe to give light and warmth, and the hope and conviction that our dreams can come true."
So read Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow, at the dedication ceremony in 2006. One year later on what would have been the former Beatle's 67th birthday, Ono spoke again in Reykjavik, Iceland at the lighting of the memorial tower she designed. Also in attendance were former Beatle Ringo Starr and George Harrison's widow Olivia.
Yoko Ono dedicating Imagine Peace Tower in 2006
The cylindrical illuminated base of the tower features "Imagine Peace" messages in 24 languages engraved on a Wishing Well Wall filled with half a million capsules containing messages of hope from people around the world. These messages have been pouring in since Ono announced the mailing address (IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, PO Box 1009, Reykjavik, Iceland) at her website. and are still being accepted
At night, an ethereal "peace light" is beamed skyward, representing the world's hope for peace - John Lennon's unfulfilled dream.
This video from Choirfest Iceland shows the size and scale of the Imagine Peace Tower:
The Imagine Peace Tower will shine nightly every year from October 9 through December 8, the anniversary of Lennon's tragic death in 1980. The tower will also be lit each New Year's Eve to symbolize the world's hopes for a better coming year. (via Japan Times) "Imagine Peace Tower, which stands on this land,
with it's eternal flame of light,
will emanate enlightenment and love to all corners of the world
and awake and inspire our planet in such a way that
there is no turning back and help us create the most satisfying
world for us and our offspring. So be it." (Yoko Ono, dedication of Imagine Peace Tower)
Japanese Innovations Writer